Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Blue-headed Wood-dove (Turtur brehmeri) - HBW 4, p. 150

French: Tourtelette demoiselle German: Blaukopftaube Spanish: Palomita Cabeciazul
Other common names: Maiden/Blue-headed Dove

Taxonomy: Chalcopelia Brehmeri Hartlaub, 1865, Gabon.
Rather different plumage from congeners, and formerly at times placed in monospecific genus Calopelia. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • infelix J. L. Peters, 1937 - coastal Guinea and Sierra Leone E to coastal Cameroon, extending inland along rivers as much as 130 km.
  • brehmeri (Hartlaub, 1865) - S Cameroon E through N Congo to Rift Valley in E Zaire, and S to extreme NW Angola.

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